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US: Department of Justice releases guidance to eliminate or reform HIV criminalisation laws

July 16, 2014

[Press release from the US Department of Justice] JUSTICE DEPARTMENT RELEASES BEST PRACTICES GUIDE TO REFORM HIV-SPECIFIC CRIMINAL LAWS TO ALIGN WITH SCIENTIFICALLY-SUPPORTED FACTORS WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that it has released a Best Practices Guide to … More

Canada: More than 70 scientific experts sign on to consensus statement on HIV transmission risks in the context of criminal law

May 2, 2014

More than 70 scientific experts Canada-wide have today released a consensus statement confirming when there is a low-to-zero possibility of a person living with HIV transmitting the virus in various situations. The statement was developed out of a concern that … More

Switzerland: New handbook for parliamentarians on effective HIV laws includes case study and interview with Green MP Alec von Graffenried

February 4, 2014

A new publication from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), written by Veronica Oakeshott, is an excellent new resource to help inform advocacy efforts to remove punitive laws and policies that impede the HIV response. Aimed … More

Research agenda into the public health impact of overly broad HIV criminalisation highlights five areas where researchers and advocates can collaborate

January 31, 2014

A newly published report suggests a number of concrete ways that research into the impact of overly broad HIV criminalisation on public health can move the policy agenda forward, and help reform laws and create better policies for people living … More

African HIV criminalisation achievements and challenges highlighted at ICASA 2013

December 11, 2013

The African continent has more countries with overly broad and vague HIV-specific laws relating to HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission than any other global region, nearly all of which have been enacted in the past decade. Although North America is … More

Feature: ProPublica and BuzzFeed publish the most comprehensive article yet on HIV non-disclosure laws in the United States

December 4, 2013

Sex, Lies and HIV: When What You Don’t Tell Your Partner Is a Crime by Sergio Hernandez, Special to ProPublica, Dec. 1, 2013. This story was co-published with BuzzFeed. [Un sommaire en français est aussi disponible ici] Nick Rhoades was … More

US: Lambda Legal highlights 15 ways that HIV criminalisation laws harm us all

December 1, 2013

For World AIDS Day 2013, Lambda Legal created a social media campaign on Facebook and on its own blog highlighting all the different ways the overly broad HIV criminalisation laws in the United States harm public health, result in unjust … More

EATG seeks to ensure that Europe-wide standards of up-to-date scientific evidence limit overly broad HIV criminalisation

October 28, 2013

EATG’s new position paper on prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission published last week recommends that the criminal law should only be used in extremely rare and unusual cases where HIV is maliciously and intentionally transmitted and that Europe-wide … More

Experts agree: overly broad HIV criminalisation is doing more harm than good

September 10, 2013

The HIV Justice Network has today released a new documentary, More HARM Than GOOD: How overly broad HIV criminalisation is hurting public health which had its world premiere at the US Conference on AIDS in New Orleans on September 10th. … More

Feature: Why overly broad HIV criminalisation is doing more harm than good

September 10, 2013

In many countries around the world, people with HIV are being made criminally liable for HIV prevention. Despite strong recommendations against this overly broad use of the criminal law by UNAIDS and the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, … More

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